Sheriff: Inmates overpowered, disarmed slain guards
ATLANTA | A Georgia sheriff said officers were “desperately” searching Tuesday for two inmates who somehow got through a gate inside a prison bus, killed two guards and got away.
“My biggest worry is they’re going to kill somebody else,” Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said.
The two men overpowered and disarmed the guards about 6:45 a.m. as 33 inmates were being driven between prisons, Sheriff Sills told reporters. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out of the bus and carjacked a driver who happened to pull up behind them on a rural highway, Sheriff Sills said.
Multiple agencies have contributed
to a reward of $60,000 for information leading to the arrests of the two inmates, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.
The fugitives — Donnie Russell Rowe, serving life without parole, and Ricky Dubose, who has elaborate tattoos on his face and neck — carjacked a “grass-green,” four-door 2004 Honda Civic with the Georgia license plate number RBJ-6601.
Later Tuesday, the manhunt shifted about 25 miles to the north to the city of Madison, where two men fitting their description were seen entering a Family Dollar store less than a mile from a house that was burglarized. Sheriff Sills said the men then vanished again and authorities have no reason to believe they have split up.
The slain guards were identified as Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue, both transfer sergeants at Baldwin State Prison. Monica had been with the Georgia Department of Corrections since October 2009 and Billue since July 2007.